The Benefits of Garlic in Your Diet

Since the Gilroy Garlic Festival is just around the corner and it is harvest time for garlic it only fittning we talk about how garlic can help your health.

Garlic is a popular spice that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Garlic contains a number of nutrients that are beneficial to health, including vitamins C, B6, and selenium. Garlic is also a good source of antioxidants, which can help protect the body against damage from free radicals.

Here are some of the health benefits of using garlic in your diet:

  • Boosts the immune system: Garlic can help boost the immune system and fight off infections. Garlic contains allicin, a compound that has been shown to have antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Lowers blood pressure: Garlic can help lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and reducing inflammation.
  • Reduces cholesterol: Garlic can help reduce cholesterol levels by increasing the production of bile and breaking down cholesterol.
  • Boosts heart health: Garlic can help improve heart health by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation.
  • Fights cancer: Garlic has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Garlic can help kill cancer cells and prevent cancer cells from spreading.
  • Improves skin health: Garlic can help improve skin health by reducing acne and inflammation.
  • Reduces the risk of dementia: Garlic can help reduce the risk of dementia by improving blood flow to the brain and reducing inflammation.
  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes: Garlic can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity.
  • Reduces the risk of stomach ulcers: Garlic can help reduce the risk of stomach ulcers by killing the bacteria that cause ulcers.
  • Reduces the risk of respiratory infections: Garlic can help reduce the risk of respiratory infections by killing the bacteria and viruses that cause these infections.
  • Reduces the risk of parasites: Garlic can help reduce the risk of parasites by killing the parasites that can infect the body.
  • Improves athletic performance: Garlic can help improve athletic performance by increasing the body’s production of nitric oxide, which helps improve blood flow to the muscles.
  • Reduces fatigue: Garlic can help reduce fatigue by improving the body’s ability to produce energy.
  • Improves mood: Garlic can help improve mood by increasing the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood.
  • Boosts libido: Garlic can help boost libido by increasing the production of testosterone, a hormone that plays a role in sexual desire.

Garlic is a versatile spice that can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be added to soups, stews, sauces, and stir-fries. Garlic can also be eaten raw or cooked.

If you are looking for a way to improve your health, adding garlic to your diet is a great option. Garlic is a safe and effective way to boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, boost heart health, fight cancer, improve skin health, reduce the risk of dementia, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of stomach ulcers, reduce the risk of respiratory infections, reduce the risk of parasites, improve athletic performance, reduce fatigue, improve mood, boost libido, and more.

Here are some tips for adding garlic to your diet:

  • Add garlic to your favorite recipes.
  • Eat a clove of raw garlic every day.
  • Take garlic supplements.

When adding garlic to your diet, it is important to start slowly and increase your intake gradually. Garlic can cause heartburn and upset stomach in some people. If you experience any negative side effects, stop taking garlic and talk to your doctor.

Always purchase garlic with roots. Garlic without roots usually means that it has been imported and treated with formaldehyde

How to Cook Garlic

There are many different ways to cook garlic. Here are a few of the most popular methods:

  • Sautéing: Sautéing is a quick and easy way to cook garlic. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.
  • Roasting: Roasting garlic brings out its sweetness and mellows its flavor. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel the garlic cloves and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until soft and golden brown.
  • Boiling: Boiling garlic is a quick and easy way to soften it. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the garlic cloves and boil for 1-2 minutes, or until softened.
  • Microwaving: Microwaving garlic is a quick and easy way to cook it. Place the garlic cloves in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a tablespoon of water and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until softened.***
  • *** I’m not a big fan of nuclear reacting any foods as a microwave will remove all nutrients from foods.
Planting tips…

Renmember that you plant garlic in the fall late September first week of October. Me personally I never purchase ‘garlic seed’ I allow one bulb to go to seed instead of harvesting it. You can also purchase garlic from the store and allow it to sprout and plant it that way….

Until Next time…

Happy Gardening

Aaron Aveiro